Wake-up: Comparing Romo to Big Ben

October, 11, 2012
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Greetings from the AFC South stomping grounds. I'm here for Thursday night's game between the Steelers and Titans. Most of the blogs today and tonight will focus on Pittsburgh because it's game day. Consider yourself warned. Time for the wake-up call ...

RAVENS: When watching film of the Cowboys for Sunday's game, the Ravens see some similarities between Tony Romo and Ben Roethlisberger. Yes, you read that correctly. "(Romo) is actually a really dangerous quarterback," defensive tackle Haloti Ngata told CBS Sports. "He can move around really well in the pocket, and when he escapes, he makes plays. He's kind of like Roethlisberger in that way, where he tries to extend plays and look down the field and throw it and he does a really good job at it." If Romo is able to escape the pass rush like Roethlisberger, the Ravens up-and-down secondary could be in trouble.

BENGALS: Nate Clements made his second straight start at strong safety, which seems to indicate that his move from cornerback is permanent. "Nate wants to do whatever helps the football team be successful,” Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said, via the Cincinnati Enquirer. “If it’s playing him snaps at safety and that’s what he thinks it is, he’ll do it. I can remember having a conversation with Rod Woodson about that. Rod was saying, ‘If you think it makes us better, then OK.’ With Nate, it was, ‘If you think this helps us, then I’m game.” He had eight tackles and a forced fumble Sunday.

STEELERS: Pittsburgh isn't underestimating Titans running back Chris Johnson even though the former 2,000-yard rusher is averaging 42 yards per game. "He’s still a home run-type runner," linebacker Chris Carter told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "He can still break an 80-yard run, so we’re focused on containing him. You definitely have to give a player like that respect because his résumé has looked good for years. We can’t give him any lanes, and that’s ultimately what it comes down to. He’s not the type that’s going to run over you; it’s about him getting open space.” The Steelers' run defense ranks 11th this season.

BROWNS: Rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden, who tied for the league lead with nine interceptions, believes he understands the adjustment he needs to make to reduce his critical mistakes. "It's an ego thing and I think I just need to get rid of the ego and take what they give me and move on and not be as stubborn," Weeden said, via The Plain Dealer. "Just throw the football away and move on." As the paper points out, Weeden has struggled the most in pressure situations. He's 31st in the NFL in third-down passing with one touchdown and four interceptions, and he's he's 32nd in fourth-quarter passing with two touchdowns and four interceptions.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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